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Glyphosate’s History

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Monsanto’s glyphosate is poison. That’s the first thing to understand about it. Glyphosate is a pesticide. Monsanto likes to call it an herbicide, a euphemism for a weed killer, and a euphemism for a pesticide. Regulatory agencies classify all weed killer herbicides as pesticides. Roundup, with glyphosate, is a pesticide. There’s a good reason Monsanto is being dragged to court in Roundup Cancer Lawsuits.

EPA: Herbicide is Pesticide

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s definition of a pesticide includes the designation that an herbicide (or weed killer) IS a pesticide. The EPA is the federal agency that regulates and registers all pesticide products in the U.S. All (US) applicators apply pesticides under regulation of the EPA and their state, territorial, or tribal pesticide regulatory authorities.

EPA defines a pesticide as “any substance or mixture of substances intended for:
•  preventing,
•  destroying,
•  repelling, or
•  mitigating any pest.”

Though often misunderstood to refer only to insecticides, the term pesticide also applies to herbicides (like Roundup), fungicides, and various other substances used to control pests.

Under United States law, a pesticide is also any “substance or mixture of substances intended for use as a plant (growth) regulator, defoliant, or desiccant.”

Glyphosate Poison’s History
Glyphosate poison’s history begins in 1964. That’s the year glyphosate was originally patented to clean pipes. The Stauffer Chemical Company of Westport, Connecticut patented glyphosate to remove unwanted mineral deposits from pipes, like Drano.

Monsanto’s John E. Franz found that glyphosate also killed plants. Consequently, Monsanto brought glyphosate to market, in 1974, as a pesticide. Glyphosate works as a non-selective, water-soluble pesticide with a specific mechanism of action. It directly interrupts plant development, killing plants by metabolically poisoning them. When something is unable to process nutrients for its health, it dies. People can also die in this fashion, when their bodies can no longer process food for nutritional value needed to boost the immune system and sustain life.

How Glyphosate Kills Living Things

As with the pipe-cleaning patent, glyphosate binds (chelates) vital nutrients such as iron, manganese, zine, and boron in the soil. By binding these nutrients, glyphosate prevents plants from absorbing them. A German-Egyptian research team found all cows tested from Danish dairy farms excreted glyphosate in their urine and had low levels of manganese and cobalt.

People poisoned with Glyphosate
Virtually every man, woman and child in the U.S. is contaminated with glyphosate. Evidence from independent researchers is showing glyphosate can alter human and animal intestinal flora, leading to a harmful imbalance in the stomach’s microbiome, thus stripping away (chelating) beneficial (and necessary) gut bacteria and increasing more toxic or harmful bacteria, just as it does in the soil.


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